Clemson drops season opener in extra innings

CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Despite this week's winter storm, Clemson was determined to get its season opener in as scheduled. It just didn't turn out as they hoped.

Eastern Michigan's Mitchell McGeein's two-out, infield single scored John Rubino in the tenth inning to give the visiting team a 6-5 win over the Tigers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers trailed 5-4 in the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Mike Dunster launched his first career home run to tie the score before Clemson came up short in the extra frame.

The Tigers built a 4-1 lead thanks, in large part, to starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, who allowed just four hits, one run, and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings of work pitched. But, Eastern Michigan scored four runs on four hits in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 advantage and the Tigers could never regain the lead.

Clate Schmidt suffered the loss despite allowing just one hit and one unearned run in the final two innings.

Clemson and Eastern Michigan will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Fans who show their menâ??s basketball ticket from Saturdayâ??s Clemson-Virginia game at noon can purchase a baseball ticket for $5.